Oct.24, 2019
We're hiring!
Application deadline: Wed, Oct.30 by 9:00 pm

Maria's Bookshop is in search of avid readers to join our fun and hard-working team and to help us share great books with our customers. We are looking to fill one full-time or two part-time positions. Applicants must enjoy some evening and weekend shifts as well as chocolate. Excellent customer service & computer skills are required. Opportunities are available for advancement into management positions.

Position open until filled

Thank you for your interest in the Floor Manager position at Maria’s Bookshop. We are always excited to receive applications from people who have a passion for books and a desire to share their enthusiasm with the community. We are seeking an avid reader with extraordinary customer service skills, strong personnel management skills, solid organizational skills, problem solving and consensus building skills, verbal and written communication skills, a college education and, ideally, experience in the book industry. Applicants must be proficient computer users and be physically able to carry out daily tasks. The successful applicant will be an enthusiastic, reliable, adaptable, self-motivated team leader, who is a creative problem solver with a positive attitude that inspires others.
Updates from Evan
Hi Everyone,

A couple weekends ago, a carload of Maria’s staff had the pleasure of traveling to Denver for the regional bookselling trade show put on by the Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association. The fall trade show exemplifies a little-known fact among our customers: the bookselling world is A LOT bigger than the brick walls of Maria’s Bookshop. The MPIBA trade association represents over 200 independent bookstores in the Mountain West region alone! All these stores, plus members of the publishing industry, authors, and other industry representatives convene once a year to talk about books. Can you think of a more enjoyable trade show topic? I certainly can’t. This year, I came away from the trade show with two main takeaways.
           First, there is truly no better group of people than independent booksellers. The atmosphere at the fall trade show is like that of a large family reunion, with old friends catching up and new friendships being made, all the while sharing advice and success stories from their bookstore. It was a joy to re-meet people who remembered me as the five-year-old kid running around the hotel lobby with a soccer ball from so many years ago. And it was an even greater pleasure to be welcomed into my new role with such genuine kindness.
           Second, there are an incredible number of exciting new books coming out over the next couple months! I’m particularly excited for two January releases: Jeannine Cummins’ incredible novel American Dirt , about a mother and son fleeing cartel violence in Mexico; and the paperback release of Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s Sabrina & Corina , a National Book Award Finalist! And in February, Column McCann’s powerful new novel set during present-day Israel and Palestine, Apeirogon , will be released. In February I’m also looking forward to sharing regional author and horse trainer Ginger Gaffney’s new book Half Broke . Stay tuned for a potential spring event with Gaffney.
           As much fun as we had in Denver, after five days of city driving, one freak snowstorm, and an unfortunate event involving things stolen off the top of our car in the middle of the night, we were all reminded of a couple more reasons why we love Durango. It’s good to be back home and we're eager to share the bookselling excitement with everyone.

All the best,
Thursday, October 24
@ 6:30 pm
Maria's Bookshop
Book reading and signing with authors
Ayja Bounous & Zak Podmore
Podmore and Bounous are two new authors with Torrey House Press. Both authors deftly weave compelling personal narratives with some of the most pertinent political and ethical subjects of our time, specifically around climate change. 
Tuesday, October 29
@ 6:30 pm
Pine Needle Dry Goods
858 Main Avenue
Book reading and signing with author Jack Loeffler
With the temperament of Santa Claus and the tenacity of a badger, Jack Loeffler reveals his compassion and concern for Southwestern traditional cultures and their respective habitats in the wake of Manifest Destiny. Working both as an individual and with comrades--including Edward Abbey and Gary Snyder--he was part of an early coterie of counterculturalists and environmentalists who fought to thwart the plunder of natural resources in the Southwest.   Loeffler, a former jazz musician, fire lookout, museum curator, bioregionalist, and self-taught aural historian, shares his humor and imagination, his adventures, observations, reflections, and meditations along the trail in his retelling of a life well lived. In this honest memoir...
Thursday, Nov.7
@ 6:30 pm
Book reading and signing with author Craig Childs
From the author of  The Secret Knowledge of Water  and  Atlas of a Lost World  comes a deeply felt essay collection focusing upon a vivid series of desert icons--a half-blind bighorn ram, a sheet of virga over Monument Valley, solitude on the Green River. Craig Childs delves into the primacy of the land and the profound nature of the more-than-human.

Maria's Bookshop is thrilled to host one of our communities' favorite authors! You'll want to arrive early for this one... 
'tis the season!
We've got holiday cards aplenty.
And the sooner you shop, the greater your selection will be!
Erosion: Essays of Undoing
By Terry Tempest Williams
Fierce, timely, and unsettling essays from an important and beloved writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams is one of our most impassioned defenders of public lands. A naturalist, fervent activist, and stirring writer, she has spoken to us and for us in books like  The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks  and  Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place . In these new essays, Williams explores the concept of erosion: of the land, of the self, of belief, of fear. She wrangles with the paradox of desert lands and the truth of erosion: What is weathered, worn, and whittled away through wind, water, and time is as powerful as what remains. Our undoing is also our becoming.
By Barbara Kingsolver
“A brilliant novel set in two different centuries, eras when lies trumped truth and superstition overruled science. Kingsolver illustrates human resiliency with insight, humor, and compassion in this deeply satisfying novel. While showing the cost of leadership built on false promises and lies, it also illustrates the strength of the human spirit with characters who will not be broken by their times. Kingsolver’scharacters, including historical figures Mary Treat and Charles Landis, shine as they make their way through the maze of survival set before them. Great reading.”
— Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books & Music, Sunriver, OR
Sofia Valdez,
Future Prez
By Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by David Roberts
The newest picture book from the creators of  Iggy Peck, Architect Rosie Revere, Engineer ; and  Ada Twist, Scientist  stars Sofia Valdez, a community leader who stands up for what she believes in!
Every morning, Abuelo walks Sofia to school . . . until one day, when Abuelo hurts his ankle at a local landfill and he can no longer do so. Sofia misses her Abuelo and wonders what she can do about the dangerous Mount Trashmore...
Basket Maker
By Kate Niles
The Basket Maker deftly weaves together the story of Sarah and Trent's uneasy alliance with the stories of the adults in their lives. There is a mother who worships academic knowledge and yet has so shut herself off from the world around her that she can no longer properly care for her children; another mother whose desire to protect her ailing child nearly causes her to push away what he needs most to heal; an old woman whose inability to act is tied to embarrassment regarding the circumstances of her husband's death; the ghost of an Indian chief whose unresolved grief has kept him from crossing over into the spirit world; and a father who has been swallowed whole by his own lack of nurture.
Stop by Maria's Bookshop for treats on Halloween Evening, as part of Downtown Durango's festivities, described below:
Children's Halloween is Thursday, October 31, from 4 to 6 pm, in Downtown Durango. Look for the orange or teal pumpkin signs on 80 Downtown businesses for treats! Children's Halloween is for kids 10 and under, in costume, and accompanied by an adult. A list of all participating businesses is posted at www. https://www.downtowndurango.org/halloween

A teal pumpkin   indicates the business has non-candy treats for kids who have food allergies. This can include toys, as well as a game or an activity at the store.

Come to Downtown Durango this Halloween and join the fun!
Peter's traditional jack-o-lantern made it from his home garden to our its rightful place in our front window. Come see!
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When you gift any 2,3, or 12 month audiobook membership through Lbiro.fm, you will receive Audibook of the Year and #`1 New York Times bestseller, Circe by Madeline Miller for Free. This gift is Libro.fm's way of thank you for supporting Maria's Bookshop this holiday season.

And we thank you, too!